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Must Have Grilling Tools

I know what you're thinking: Geez, I grill all the time, I know what I need.

I'm sure you do grill a lot, but at your tailgate party you don't have your kitchen cabinet on the other side of the door to get the tools you forgot to take outside. And you will forget stuff. Don't believe me? Just ask your wife or buddies. They'll remind you of those times.

So, think of this as your checklist. You may even want to get a duffel bag and put all of these items in it, then all you have to do is grab the bag on the way out the door each week (after washing and cleaning everything from last week, of course).


First on the list is tongs. These will keep you from using your hands to flip food on the grill. That's a good thing. Get standard sized tongs; the short ones take up less space but mean your hands will be over the heat. Not a good thing.

Alongside your tongs you should have spatulas (take at least two), spoons (one of them slotted), a couple of forks, a basting brush, and an instant read thermometer. That last item is important and could save your life - or at least spare you the embarrassment of giving your guests salmonella.

Knives are also important. They should be sharp and they should be used by only the cook; don't use the same knives for food prep and bar prep; that opens the door to cross contamination. And be sure to have two cutting boards. One you'll use for your meat and the other for vegetables and other items. It's that cross contamination thing again.

Also add to your list a couple of pots and pans, even if you don't have a side burner. You wouldn't think of cooking at home without them, so why wouldn't you take them to the parking lot?

It may be a grill rather than a stove, but it's all just heat and you'll expand your menu significantly by bringing these along.

There are a few final items to toss in your tool bag that may not be traditionally classified as cooking tools, but you need them. Take an apron, a couple of hot pads, towels (you can't have too many), and a chef's hat. Okay, you may not need the hat, but you'll look good.

Next:Grilling Extras to Impress Your Friends

Stephen Linn is the author of The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook and The Ultimate Tailgater's Travel Guide: More Than 20 Great Road Trips which are the ultimate how-to resources for the tailgater who wants to do it all, have it all, and host the best party in the parking lot. Learn more and watch his how-to tailgating videos at www.theultimatetailgater.com.
I know what you're thinking: Geez, I grill all the time, I know what I need.
I'm sure you do grill a lot, but at your tailgate party you don't have your kitchen cabinet on the other side of the door to get the tools you forgot to take outside. And you will forget stuff. Don't believe me? Just ask your wife or buddies. They'll remind you of those times.

So, think of this as your checklist. You may even want to get a duffel bag and put all of these items in it, then all you have to do is grab the bag on the way out the door each week (after washing and cleaning everything from last week, of course).

First on the list is tongs. These will keep you from using your hands to flip food on the grill. That's a good thing. Get standard sized tongs; the short ones take up less space but mean your hands will be over the heat. Not a good thing.

Alongside your tongs you should have spatulas (take at least two), spoons (one of them slotted), a couple of forks, a basting brush, and an instant read thermometer. That last item is important and could save your life - or at least spare you the embarrassment of giving your guests salmonella.

Knives are also important. They should be sharp and they should be used by only the cook; don't use the same knives for food prep and bar prep; that opens the door to cross contamination. And be sure to have two cutting boards. One you'll use for your meat and the other for vegetables and other items. It's that cross contamination thing again.

Also add to your list a couple of pots and pans, even if you don't have a side burner. You wouldn't think of cooking at home without them, so why wouldn't you take them to the parking lot? It may be a grill rather than a stove, but it's all just heat and you'll expand your menu significantly by bringing these along.

There are a few final items to toss in your tool bag that may not be traditionally classified as cooking tools, but you need them. Take an apron, a couple of hot pads, towels (you can't have too many), and a chef's hat. Okay, you may not need the hat, but you'll look good.

Next:Grilling Extras to Impress Your Friends

Stephen Linn is the author of The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook and The Ultimate Tailgater's Travel Guide: More Than 20 Great Road Trips which are the ultimate how-to resources for the tailgater who wants to do it all, have it all, and host the best party in the parking lot. Learn more and watch his how-to tailgating videos at www.theultimatetailgater.com.

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